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  1. JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 SURGE & BARBADOS’ ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR

    The following is an official joint statement issued by The Barbados Association of Event Professionals (BAEP) and the Entertainment Association of Barbados (EAB). The EAB and the BAEP together represent the wide cross- section of people who work directly and indirectly in the creative economy, that is, the arts, events and entertainment sector. In light […]

    January 14, 2021Breaking News, Controversy, FeaturedNo comments
  2. INTERNATIONAL TAX CONCERN FOR BARBADOS’ GOVERNMENT

    This island’s Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, has put on public record Government’s “uneasiness and dissatisfaction with the tenor and process“, which have emerged internationally for handling matters pertaining to tax administration and regulation. He told his audience: “I can say upfront that Barbados’ record of cooperation with international processes in tax regulation and transparency […]

    November 8, 2016Breaking News, Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  3. Social Good Summit 2015 in Barbados focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals

    To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Development Programme Subregional Office for Barbados and the OECS hosted the Social Good Summit 2015 featuring addresses from the UNDP Resident Representative, Government officials and Non-governmental partners. “The Social Good Summit is a flagship event for UNDP,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. […]

    October 7, 2015PoliticalNo comments
  4. SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP EXTENDS PROTOCOL 6; TO MEET LATER IN OCTOBER FOR DRAFTING PROTOCOL 7

    While Barbados’ Social Partnership has been deemed a success by Acting Prime Minister, Richard Sealy, he stressed that it was a still a work in progress, whose continued development required the support of all stakeholders. The Acting Prime Minister reiterated that the local tripartite system has been praised across the globe, with several countries now […]

    October 3, 2015Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  5. St. Kitts and Nevis signs U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

    On August 31, the government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed the agreement with the Government of the United States of America to implement the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2010, FATCA targets non-compliance by U.S. taxpayers using foreign accounts. FATCA requires foreign financial institutions to report […]

    September 3, 2015BusinessNo comments
  6. St. Vincent & Grenadines Hosts Bilateral Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop & Tabletop Exercise with USA

    In order to enhance coordination in combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) hosted a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) bilateral workshop with the United States in Kingstown on August 18, 2015. Launched in 2003, the PSI is a global effort that aims to stop trafficking of WMD, […]

    August 18, 2015TechnologyNo comments
  7. EU Ambassador responds to concerns with CARIFORUM EPA

    Recently during an address to an EU-ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) conference in Nigeria certain statements were made by Sir Ronald Sanders on the CARIFORUM-EU EPA. I would like to use the opportunity to correct some of the misrepresentations on the CARIFORUM-EU EPA included in the speech. Development cooperation […]

    August 13, 2015Editorial, PoliticalNo comments
  8. STEPS BEING TAKEN BY BARBADOS REVENUE AUTHORITY TO COMPLY WITH USA’s FATCA HAS LOCAL ACCOUNTANTS VEX

    Barbados’ Government has taken key steps to meet the requirements of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Intergovernmental Agreement (FATCA IGA), which allows for the reciprocal exchange of information between the USA and Barbados. Mr. Sinckler told his audience: “With respect to legislative requirements, I am pleased to inform you that the necessary amendments to […]

    August 1, 2015BusinessNo comments
  9. Historic agreement signed between Suriname and CDB – CSME & EPA Standby Facility Grants will fund projects

    Suriname’s Ministry of Trade and Industry just signed two historic agreements with the Caribbean Development Bank for projects to improve Suriname’s implementation of both the CSME and the European Partnership Agreement (EPA). The two projects will assist in transforming Suriname into a more competitive economy, increasing its export earnings, and making the country more attractive for […]

    July 8, 2015Business, FeaturedNo comments
  10. SOLIDIFYING THE CARIBBEAN AS A SERIOUS TRADE CONTENDER

    The Caribbean put up an emphatic presentation at the EU-CELAC Summit 2015 in Brussels last week where over 500 delegates from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean convened under the theme “Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth by enhancing the role of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises“. The event hosted by the European Commission, was attended […]

    June 29, 2015BusinessNo comments
  11. “NEIN!” – Mikael Barfod, EU Ambassador elaborates on Tax Havens Explanation

    First let me make it very clear that there is no new assessment of Tax Havens by the EU. This approach may appear arbitrary outside the EU as many have already pointed out in the Caribbean. However, it is clearly of interest to individual Caribbean countries (as Barbados’ Minister of International Business Donville Inniss suggested […]

    June 26, 2015PoliticalNo comments
  12. “Barbados among those included in latest tax blacklist? EU Appears to Target Caribbean Again?” by Professor Avinash Persaud

    Last Wednesday the EU Commission published a list of 30 countries, including Barbados, that it describes as non-cooperative jurisdictions on tax matters. The list is designed to tar-and-feather these countries, to reduce their access to international development funds and so pressure them into abandoning their international financial centres. It is an act of gross discriminatory […]

    June 19, 2015PoliticalNo comments
  13. EU naming Caribbean “tax havens” meets with stern response from Sir Ronald Sanders

    In naming 30 countries as the “top tax havens in the world“, the European Union (EU) appears to “playing dice” with the reputations of countries, 12 of which are Commonwealth independent small states in the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. An examination of how Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, St […]

    June 19, 2015BusinessNo comments
  14. Five Caribbean countries sign visa waiver agreement with EU

    The European Union just signed short stay visa waiver agreements with Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Trinidad and Tobago. This allows citizens of these countries to visit all EU Member States, except the United Kingdom and Ireland for up to 90 days within a six month period without requiring […]

    June 4, 2015PoliticalNo comments
  15. Europe Day (9 May) Statement: by Ambassador Mikael Barfod, Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados & Eastern Caribbean

    On 9 May we Europeans celebrate Europe Day. On this day 65 years ago Robert Schuman called on the nations of Europe to unite and make war on our continent impossible. Today his message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever. Schuman’s appeal to overcome age-old divisions just five years after the Second […]

    May 9, 2015PoliticalNo comments
  16. “Faster Internet Coming to Belize” By Gerard Best

    Sometimes the best solution to a technical problem is social engineering. After a journey of two years, that’s exactly how Belize has come to a major milestone in its technological development. The country’s Internet service providers (ISPs) have committed to set up Belize’s first-ever Internet exchange point (IXP), a piece of critical Internet infrastructure through […]

    May 4, 2015TechnologyNo comments
  17. AMBASSADOR MORRIS NOW HIGH COMMISSIONER TO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

    Barbados has taken steps to enhance its relationship with Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) with the appointment of Ambassador Robert Morris as Barbados’ High Commissioner to the twin-island republic. Ambassador Morris presented his Letters of Introduction to the President of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, S.C. during a ceremony in his office last month. The High […]

    October 21, 2014UncategorizedNo comments
  18. HBO LATIN AMERICA & NBC UNIVERSAL SIGN MULTI-YEAR FEATURE FILM AGREEMENT FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

    HBO Latin America and NBCUniversal International TV Distribution announced today a multiple year deal to bring NBCUniversal’s feature films to HBO subscribers across Latin America (excluding Brazil) and the Caribbean, effective 2015. This agreement grants HBO Latin America exclusive first-run premium pay television rights to a host of award-winning titles, Hollywood blockbusters and family-friendly animated […]

    June 12, 2014Business, TechnologyNo comments
  19. British Virgin Islands government establishes a permanent shark sanctuary in its waters

    The designation by the BVI cabinet prohibits commercial fishing of all shark and rays species throughout the full exclusive economic zone. That area amounts to 80,117 square kilometers (30,933 square miles). The designation also bans the sale and trade of sharks and shark products within the territory. Worldwide, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed […]

    May 26, 2014NatureNo comments
  20. So much for Shiprider, Barbados is proverbial Esau as it signs away financial confidentiality: Update on ratification of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) between B’dos & USA

    The Special FATCA Negotiating Team, under the Chairmanship of Elson Gaskin, Bank Secretary of the Central Bank of Barbados, has completed its review of the FATCA Inter-Governmental Agreement between the United States of America (USA) and Barbados, including the Annexes thereto. The Team submitted a detailed Report to the Minister responsible for International Business on […]

    May 26, 2014PoliticalNo comments
  21. PRIME MINISTER PERRY CHRISTIE DEFENDS REGIONAL INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRES: By Kathy Barrett

    Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, has again come to the defense of International Financial Centres (IFC’s) in the Caribbean stating that the regimes are far more robust than the ones that exit in countries that continue to fight offshore financial services in the region. In the opening address to delegates attending the 3rd […]

    April 8, 2014Business, TravelNo comments
  22. CARIBBEAN EXPORT HOSTS THE 3RD CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

    The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the Government of The Bahamas today commenced a three day high profile summmit: The 3rd Caribbean Conference on the International Financial Services Sector in the Caribbean Region under the theme “The Caribbean Engaging the World in Financial Services” at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Nassau, […]

    April 2, 2014BusinessNo comments
  23. MEETING OF THE TRADE & INVESTMENT TASK FORCE IN B.V.I

    Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) as chair for the CARIFORUM, French Caribbean Outermost Region (FCOR) and EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Task Force on Trade and Investment convened the 7th Meeting of the Task Force in Tortola, British Virgin Islands on May 30-31, 2013. The mandate of the Task Force on Trade and […]

    June 6, 2013BusinessNo comments